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December 2018 Cook Inlet Navigator e-News
CIRCAC's Board of Directors met in Anchorage for what was supposed to be two-days of meetings on November 29 and 30. While Thursday went without a hitch, Mother Nature had other plans for Friday and delivered a 7.0 earthquake instead.

On Friday, we were looking forward to hearing from Rear Admiral Matthew Bell, Commander 17 th Coast Guard District. We also planned for updates from Lori Nelson and Glenn Faulkner with Hilcorp Alaska on the Cross Inlet pipeline and general operations, Tim Robertson with Nuka Research on our Cook Inlet Pipeline Infrastructure Risk Assessment, and a report from our Director of Science and Research, Sue Saupe, on 2018 field work.

Since our meeting was on the 15th floor of the Anchorage Sheraton Marriott Hotel, instead, we had no choice but to cancel and direct our attention to more immediate concerns. Read more.

Photos:Maddie Jamora (top) unfurls her emergency blanket before sharing it with Board Member Carla Stanley (below). Photos by Vaito'a Heaen.
The day before the earthquake, Sue Saupe (CIRCAC Director of Science and Research) led the Council through strategic plan updates and provided a status report of priorities which we set in 2014.
Mariners working on Cook Inlet-bound crude oil tankers and tug boats are confronted with many challenges, including swift currents, high tides and winter ice. Practicing and learning new skills in a safe environment can make them better at their jobs. Training together promotes cooperation. And a highly trained and skilled maritime community instills public confidence.

Recognizing these benefits, Marathon Petroleum has partnered with AVTEC's Maritime Training Center in Seward to provide advanced simulator training to Cook Inlet's entire community of captains, crews, and marine pilots working to keep our waters safe from accidents and our shorelines free from oil spills. This past October, CIRCAC joined Marathon, SWAPA (Southwest Alaska Pilots Association), OSG (Ocean Shipping Group) the U.S. Coast Guard, and Crowley Pilots for two days of intensive ice training with AVTEC's state of the art simulators. The training was inspired by CIRCAC's tanker self-arrest study which used the simulators to test the maneuver's effectiveness in Cook Inlet specific conditions.

At left, from top, Captain Conrad Shinn, in the simulated bridge of a tug assisting a crude oil tanker to safely dock; CIRCAC Executive Director Mike Munger and Capt. Pete Garay in the bridge of the Ice Scout; bottom, conducting a tug assist at the KPL Dock.
As part of our mandates, CIRCAC participates in numerous drills with Cook Inlet producers throughout the year. This November, Andeavor (now Marathon Petroleum) conducted a drill in Nikiski to test the effectiveness of its Cook Inlet vessel plan. CIRCAC provided expertise in the Operations Unit, Environmental Unit and Joint Information Center. (Prior to the drill, Andeavor provided a refresher of the Incident Command System for Public Information Officers.)

Other participating agencies included the U.S. Coast Guard, US Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Departments of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Game, and Natural Resources; Kenai Peninsula Borough Emergency Management Division and Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc.
Logistics Unit (above); CIRCAC's Director of Operations Steve "Vinnie" Catalano (left) with Craig Hyder, Marathon Petroleum (formerly Andeavor).
CIRCAC Executive Director Mike Munger and Commercial Fishing representative Paul Shadura.
Betsi Oliver (PWSRCAC) and Mike Munger in our information booth.
To wrap up a busy year, CIRCAC partnered with Prince William Sound RCAC to share a booth at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. The Expo is an annual event that attracts thousands of participants from throughout the country and world. Described as "the largest commercial marine tradeshow on the West Coast, serving commercial mariners from Alaska to California," the Expo is an excellent opportunity for us to promote our work and the RCAC model.

At left (above): CIRCAC Executive Director Mike Munger is joined in the booth by CIRCAC's Commercial Fishing Representative, Paul Shadura. Below: Betsi Oliver, PWSRCAC's Education and Outreach Coordinator, and Mike Munger.
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